Paris 1711 - 1781
THE HOLY FAMILY
signed and dated center left on the jar: Hallé 1753
oil on paper laid down on canvas
7⅞ by 9⅞ in.; 19.7 by 25 cm.
The canvas is lined and remains flat and stable. The colors are vibrant and paint layer is lush, under a clear and bright varnish. There is lively impasto in the brushwork in many areas, particularly in the whites of the Virgin's shawl. There is some frame abrasion along the lower edge. Under ultraviolet light there is some restoration visible, including some in the shadows of the Virgin's cheek and in some of the darker areas of the background. It is not visible to the naked eye. The painting appears very fresh and can be hung as is. Offered in a carved giltwood frame.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
By whom sold, London, Sotheby's, 30 October 1985, lot 1;
There acquired by Johnny Van Haeften, Ltd., London;
With Stair Sainty Matthiesen, New York;
N. Willk-Brocard, Une Dynastie Les Halle, Paris 1995, cat. no. N55, p. 386, reproduced pp. 172, 386.